The appearance of the niaouli tree, a small member of the myrtle family, is quite unforgettable. Its tiny flowers, masterfully arranged in groups of three, grow in spikes on the ends of branches. Are you curious yet? You may have seen these trees in parks or gardens without even knowing what you were looking at. Creamy, yellow-white stamens appear in bundles around the small flowers, making the growth resemble a bottlebrush. Imagine a fluffy spike, if there could be such a thing – that’s niaouli! The trunk itself can take on a flaky appearance, so nicknames for the niaouli tree include both bottlebrush and paperbark. A variety of birds, bats, and insects find fine dining on this fascinating tree, but what’s in there for us to discover?